Latest incident another embarrassment for Ric Flair
I don’t know what’s sadder, Ric Flair tarnishing his legacy in the ring or embarrassing himself away from the ring.
The Internet Wrestling Community has been buzzing the past two days about an incident involving Flair during TNA’s European tour. According to reports, Flair asked a member of TNA management for a cash advance in Dublin, Ireland, earlier this week, and after his request was denied, Flair refused to get on the bus to the airport. He ended up being left behind in Dublin while the rest of the crew flew to Germany for the next show.
After missing Tuesday’s event in Berlin, Flair was expected to return to the tour for Thursday’s show in Glasgow, Scotland.
It has been reported that the reason Flair asked for the cash advance was because his credit card was declined after he had said that he was paying everyone’s bar tab after the show. According to a report on pwinsider.com, this was not the first time there had been this type of incident with Flair during the past year.
Flair has often boasted that he “lived the gimmick” for much of his career, and the limousines, heavy partying and excessive spending were truly a way of life. Apparently, “The Nature Boy” has gotten older but he hasn’t gotten any wiser.
One TNA talent, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told pwinsider.com: “Flair’s asked several of us for money when he’s had his credit cards declined. When that happens, the bar tab comes and others get stuck paying for the very drinks he said were on the house in the first place. Everyone loves ‘The Nature Boy,’ but when the limousines and party lifestyle is based on bad credit and lies, it suddenly becomes more pathetic than anything else. There is nothing glamorous about a guy who has no concept of money management and then lies to try and get out of it.”
Flair has become no stranger to making headlines for the wrong reasons in recent years. Less than a year ago, Flair's wife (his fourth) was charged with assaulting him. In 2008, his then-22-year-old daughter was charged with assault on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest. Eyewitnesses said at the time that Flair, his daughter and her boyfriend were involved in a fight that left Flair bloodied and bruised. In 2005, Flair was charged in a road rage incident when he was accused of grabbing a motorist by the neck.
Flair also had two lawsuits filed against him last year. Highspots.com claimed that Flair failed to repay a $35,000 loan, and Ring of Honor sued him for breach of contract and money owed after Flair pulled out of scheduled appearances for the company.
It will be interesting to see what – if anything – happens regarding Flair’s status in TNA after the tour is over. Reportedly, some of the TNA talent has pushed for the company to release Flair.
Personally, I think the guy is in serious need of an intervention. It seems pretty obvious that Flair – who turns 62 next month – just can’t come to grips with the fact that the days of being “The Nature Boy” 24/7 realistically should have ended years ago.
Instead of being a dignified elder statesman and a role model for the young guys on the TNA roster, Flair has become an old-timer with significant financial and personal issues who, according to reports, was mocked by the young guys for his irresponsible and immature behavior in Dublin.
I sincerely hope that at some point he can be content playing Ric Flair on screen while being Richard Fliehr the well-adjusted husband, father and grandfather off it.